Carolina Ödman-Govender is currently an associate scientist with SKA Africa and works on various science for development projects. Carolina studied physics engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology before completing a Ph.D. in astrophysics at the University of Cambridge. After a research post in Italy, she joined Leiden University in the Netherlands to develop Universe Awareness, an award-winning international astronomy education programme. She is one of the co-organisers of the astronomy workshops exploring the frontiers between technology and astronomy, from education to research. She is also lead scientist in a South African startup and a proud mum.
Dorothy Dyer is the founder of Cover2Cover Books and the FunDza Literacy Trust, which uses innovative ways to get young South Africans reading for pleasure. A former English teacher who taught at a range of South African high schools, Dorothy has an enduring passion for getting her students to read. Dorothy is also the author of numerous teen novels and textbooks, and has run workshops to test materials and to develop students’ writing. She has a Masters from UCT in Applied Language and Literacy Studies, and has just completed her Masters in Creative Writing, also through UCT.
Eben Welby-Solomon is the founder and CEO of Social Alpha Impact Investment, a boutique research, investment and advisory firm, specialising in investment in high impact, early stage ventures. He has co-founded several ventures in the renewable energy, technology, healthcare and educational sectors and served on various NPO boards and Trusts. Eben was trained as an accountant and management consultant with Ernst & Young, holds a MBA and is an alumnus of UCT’s Graduate School of Business, and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He has a love for Africa and is passionate about creating market-orientated solutions to social problems. His research interests include development finance, impact investing, venture capital and development economics
Gerard Du Plessis is strategic marketing manager for Billabong SA. Fresh off the professional surfing tour, Gerard graduated from Red & Yellow as the youngest student ever in 2003, and got straight into it by joining a specialist strategic planning agency, Burns, where he was mentored by industry gurus for 4 years, while working on brand development and communications planning for a diverse client base. In 2008, Burns merged with Switch Design where Gerard became client service director, thereafter joining Billabong South Africa, and later the stable of GSM brands including Billabong, Element, Von Zipper, Nixon, Kustom and others. He also served as a member of the international marketing committee responsible for the implementation of multination projects all over the world. By living and breathing the world’s leading youth brands, he quickly understood the critical role the digital platform played in youth culture and shifted the majority of his marketing ... read more